Aug 31, 2011 10:25 PM by Lee Douglas

Former Avs enforcer Wade Belak found dead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Colorado Avalanche enforcer Wade Belak, who last played with the Nashville Predators, has been found dead in a hotel room in Toronto. He apparently hung himself.

The Predators learned of Belak's death from NHL security Wednesday. The team issued a statement saying the organization was shocked and sadden by his sudden death and offering full support to Belak's wife and two children.

The 35-year-old Belak was scheduled to work as a sideline reporter on Nashville broadcasts. In addition to the Avs he played for four other NHL teams including Calgary, Toronto and Florida and finished his career with Nashville.

Winnipeg's Rick Rypien was found dead earlier this month, and former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May.



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